|Consumer Behavior -- Groks Science Show 2002-05-22 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Analyzing consumer behavior is a complicated field in current economic research. The complexity of the behavior requires knowledge of cross-cutting disciplines. This show featured current work on consumer behavior.
|Surviving Chemistry -- Groks Science Show 2002-02-20 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Surviving a career in science is a daunting prospect for any one pursuing a scientific career. However, it can be more difficult for women and minorities. This show featured an interview with Ms. Ramona Gray, a former contestant on the CBS Survivor Show, discussing how to "survive" a career in science.
|Neural Stem Cells -- Groks Science Show 2002-05-29 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Stem cells are progenitor cells that give rise to mature cell types. In the nervous system, adult neural stem cells give rise to new nerve cells in the brain. This show featured an interview discussing current research on adult neurogenesis.
|Embalming -- Groks Science Show 2002-02-27 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Embalming is a complex technique for preserving organic tissue specimens. This show featured a discussion of a novel application of embalming techniques.
|Disturbing the Solar System -- Groks Science Show 2002-10-23 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Meteors are pervasive throughout the solar system. The probability of one colliding with the earth is receiving larger attention from scientific and governement agencies. On this program, Prof. Alan Rubin discussed the issue of meteors in our solar system.
|Hepatitus B -- Groks Science Show 2002-07-03 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Hepatitus B is a diseases that has affected millions of individuals, and one where a cure was fortunately found. On this show, we interviewed the Nobel Laureate whose research led to the vaccine.
|Uncertain Oil -- Groks Science Show 2002-10-16 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Petroleum based fuel products will soon become a scarce resource. Developing alternative fuel sources is a profound challenge for science. On this program, Roland Hwang discussed these emerging technologies.
|Vivisection Debate -- Groks Science Show 2002-07-17 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The use of animals in research is a controversial issue in terms of ethical considerations. However, some claim that the even the scientific validity of animal tests is questionable. This show featured a debate on such testing.
|Omega Point -- Groks Science Show 2002-04-03 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Modern cosmology has concerned itself primarily with the initial formation and subsequent evolution of the universe to the present day. However, few cosmologists have made predictions of the final end state of the universe. This show featured an interview with Prof. Frank Tipler discussing his theory of the Omega Point collapse of the universe.
|Infertility Treatments -- Groks Science Show 2001-12-26 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Infertility treatment has given many couples the opportunity to have children they might not have had otherwise. An unfortunate side effect of this progress is the number of embryos that remain in storage long afterwards. This show covered the legal and ethical dilemmas of dealing with these embryos.
|Unnatural Amino Acids -- Groks Science Show 2002-03-27 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Amino acids are the constituent building blocks for all of the proteins in our bodies. However, there are several natural and unnatural amino acids not found in proteins that could be used to design novel protein structures. This show featured a discussion of the methods for synthesizing these unnatural amino acids.
|Biomagnetism -- Groks Science Show 2002-06-26 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Biomagnetism refers to the ability of organisms to sense magnetic fields. The study of biomagnetism encompasses many areas of research including the emerging field of geobiology.
|Extrasolar Planets -- Groks Science Show 2002-07-24 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Astronomers have been able to use multiple techniques to demonstrate the existence of planets outside of our atmosphere. This show featured a discussion of the most recently discovered planets, and what this means for cosmology.
|Seduction -- Groks Science Show 2002-01-16 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Seduction is a complicated process in humans that seemingly defies explanation. However, application of the methods of neuro-linguistic programming has removed some of the mystery. This program featured an interview with Mr. Ross Jeffries discussing his ideas on seduction.
|Computerized Teaching Aids -- Groks Science Show 2002-09-18 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Teaching scientific concepts is often a difficult task, but the development of interactive computer media as teaching aids is revolutionizing pedagogical techniques. Joining us was Dr. Cammy Huang who discussed some of these exciting developments.
|Fringe Festival -- Groks Science Show 2002-08-28 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The San Francisco Fringe Festival brings together an eclectic group of performers. Among them, two performers started their careers in science and shifted to performance art. This show featured these performers discussing their transition from science to art.
|Biomaterials Research -- Groks Science Show 2002-06-12 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Biomaterials are synthetic materials capable of replacing damaged tissue in living organisms. These materials hold great promise for biomedical research.
|Uncertainty in Science -- Groks Science Show 2002-06-05 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The evolution of uncertainty in scientific thought is a relatively recent occurrence. The emergence of this ideas has roots in not only science, but art and philosophy as well. On this program, Dr. David Peat discussed the history of uncertainty in science.
|Combinatorial Chemistry -- Groks Science Show 2002-10-02 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Creating new chemicals is a complicated process that requires the skills of trained organic chemists. A new methods of synthesizing compounds is revolutionizing organic chemistry. On this program, Dr. Oleg Kolosov discussed the emerging field of combinatorial chemistry.
|MRSA -- Groks Science Show 2010-05-10 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
MRSA, otherwise known as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, may be the greatest public health threat since AIDS. What is being done to combat this deadly disease? On this program, Maryn McKenna discussed the threat of this Superbug.
Keywords: science; MRSA; epidemiology; biology; public health; groks
|Size Biology -- Groks Science Show 2007-02-07 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Size matters... especially in biology. But the dimensions of living organisms are often disregarded, while it is arguably essential to their study. On this program, Prof. John Tyler Bonner discussed why size matters in biology.
Keywords: science; size; biology
|Environmental Biodiversity -- Groks Science Show 2011-04-20 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The changes to the environment caused by global warming have complex effects on the ecosystems of the earth. On this program, Richard Pearson discussed the effects of climate change on biodiversity.
Keywords: science; environment; biodiversity; extinction; groks
|Sex Evolution -- Groks Science Show 2008-09-17 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Although love is often said to make the world go round, most might concede that sex is the real prime mover. On this program, Faye Flam discussed how the quest for sex has shaped the modern man.
Keywords: science; evolution; sexuality
|Surgical Faux Pas -- Groks Science Show 2007-08-15 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Surgical procedures, while often necessary for curing ailments, can sometimes be over-prescribed by clinicians. On this program, Peter Moore, editor at Men's Health, discussed unnecessary surgeries.
Keywords: science; surgery
|Fermilab Higgs -- Groks Science Show 2009-01-21 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Fermi National Accelerator Lab, better known as Fermilab, has been actively searching for the elusive Higgs Boson, the particle that may give mass to the Universe. However, the clock is ticking and their time may soon be up. On this program, Clayton Brown discussed the Atom Smashers.
Keywords: science; fermilab; higgs boson; physics; particle physics
|Computer Malware -- Groks Science Show 2008-02-27 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
As computers have become increasingly ubiquitous, so too has computer malware. How can we protect our computers from this onslaught of viruses, worms, and Trojan horses? On this program, David Perry discussed effective solutions to combat computer malware.
Keywords: science; computers; malware
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|Darwin and Religion -- Groks Science Show 2007-09-19 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The theory of evolution proposed by Charles Darwin has served as the basis for modern biological research. But, is evolution at odds with religious beliefs? On this program, Prof. Francisco Ayala from U.C. Irvine discussed Darwin and Religion.
Keywords: science; darwin; religion; evolution
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|Anthropogenic Peat -- Groks Science Show 2007-03-07 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Scientists estimate that one-third of today's increase in greenhouse gas emissions come from changes in the land-use. One way to sequester the carbon emissions is plant more trees but are other crops out there better? On this program, special correspondent Terry Yen talks about the promise of anthropogenic peat.
Keywords: science; greenhouse gas emissions; peat; carbon
|Global Arms -- Groks Science Show 2011-11-23 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The world of the arms trading continues to affect global political and economic affairs. Yet, few investigations have delved into the shadowy and corrupt world of global arms trading. On this program, Andrew Feinstein discussed this shadow world.
Keywords: science; technology; global arms; economics; groks
|Cranioklepty -- Groks Science Show 2009-11-04 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The human skull has fascinated those interested in the inner workings of the human mind, even to the point of stealing skulls from the grave. On this program, Colin Dickey discussed the practice of Cranioklepty.
Keywords: science; grave robbing; craniokelpty; phrenology; Franz Joseph Gall; Haydn; Beethoven; Goya; groks
|Philosophical Ethics -- Groks Science Show 2006-08-02 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Ethics is a sometimes nebulous concept in the world of business, where it is often shunned at the expense of the bottom line. On this program, Prof. Tom Morris discussed the philosophy of ethics.
Keywords: science; ethics; pilosophy
|Digital Natives -- Groks Science Show 2008-12-03 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Digital technology has radically changed the landscape of modern life, but what does this mean for those born into this digital era? On this program, Prof. John Palfrey discussed the digital natives.
Keywords: science; technology; computers; law
|Visual Thinking -- Groks Science Show 2008-05-28 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Solving complex problems can be aided through the use of visual tools. However, these methods are often unknown outside of the scientific and engineering arenas. On this program, Dan Roam discussed visual problem solving.
Keywords: science; problem solving; visual
|Supersense -- Groks Science Show 2009-04-15 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Everybody forms a model of the natural world based on their experience with it. However, sometimes these models are flawed and lead to superstitious beliefs. On this program, Dr. Bruce Hood discussed the origins of superstitious beliefs and why we believe in the unbelievable.
Keywords: science; superstition; rationalism; development; psychology
|Testosterone Factor -- Groks Science Show 2006-05-10 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
One little hormone can make a big difference in the life of men, especially when those levels start to drop. On this program, Dr. Shafiq Qaadri joined us to discuss the testosterone factor.
Keywords: science; men's health; testosterone
|Random Walk -- Groks Science Show 2008-08-13 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Randomness is a fundamental part of natural physical phenomena. Yet, it is often unappreciated how these stochastic processes affect our daily lives. On this program, Dr. Leonard Mlodinow discussed the random walk.
Keywords: science; probability; statistics
|Disease Evolution -- Groks Science Show 2007-02-28 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Disease has a negative connotation in evolutionary thought. But, in some instances, a selective advantage may be conferred by disease processes. On this program, Dr. Sharon Moalem discussed the survival of the sickest.
Keywords: science; evolution; disease
|Hurricane Prediction -- Groks Science Show 2005-11-23 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Weather forecasting may not be an exact science, but resources for encountering extreme weather changes have been around a long time. On this episode, Ryan Boone talked with Professor Garrison Sposito on the conditions leading to the recent hurricanes in North America and the government response.
Keywords: Science; weather; hurricanes
|Groks Science: Michelle Feynman Interview - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
It takes a very special person to be a fine man. The bar is set by none other than the physicist Richard P. Feynman. On this program, his daughter Michelle Feynman talks about the life of her father and her recent book The Feynman Letters: Perfectly Reasonable Deviations from the Beaten Track.
Keywords: science; physics
|Snake Oil Science -- Groks Science Show 2008-02-13 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Complementary and alternative medicine claims cures for ailments spanning the range from allergies to cancer. But, does scientific research support any of these claims? On this program, Prof. R. Barker Bausell discussed the problems with complementary and alternative therapies.
Keywords: science; alternative medicine; biostatistics
|Ambidextrous Universe -- Groks Science Show 2006-02-15 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Symmetry or parity is intriguing, not only in the arts and music, but also in science and the natural world. Interestingly, parity may not be conserved between the mirror images of molecules and consequently their energies would not be equivalent. On this program, Professor Harris and Gina discussed how parity violation could be observed using sum frequency generation experiments.
Keywords: science; symmetry; parity violation; physics
|The Information -- Groks Science Show 2011-03-30 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Information has never been more facile and easy to obtain, such that managing it can be almost overhwelming. But, how is information defined scientifically? And, what does the history of information tell us about its future?
Keywords: science; technology; information theory; computers; communication; groks
|Robotic Warfare -- Groks Science Show 2009-04-01 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Modern warfare increasingly utilizes robotic weaponry. Yet, the rules of robotic engagement have not been developed as completely as the technology. On this program, Dr. P.W. Singer discussed the challenges of robotic warfare.
Keywords: science; robots; war; technology; battlefield technology; groks
|Sustainable Fishing -- Groks Science Show 2007-03-14 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Environmentalists have been concerned about pollution in the sea and the depletion of fisheries, but are these worries overblown? On this program, Stacey Viera of the National Fisheries Institutes, explains the health effects of mercury and NOAA's work in promoting sustainable fishing.
Keywords: science; fishery; seafood
|Drill Baby Drill! -- Groks Science Show 2012-08-08 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
For ages, earthquakes were thought to under the control of the divine. But what happens when massive amounts of fluid is injected into the ground? In this program, Dr. Cliff Frohlich join us to talk about human induced tremors.
Keywords: earthquakes; fracking; geothermal; oil; Texas
|Urban Sustainability -- Groks Science Show 2005-10-12 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Current trends in urbanization are unsustainable with current practices. Randy Hayes, Oakland Sustainability Director, discussed his efforts at rainforest protection and urban sustainability.
|Telephone Gambit -- Groks Science Show 2008-04-02 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Alexander Graham Bell is widely regarded as the inventor of the telephone. However, few may know the story of Elisha Gray, who may have been the first inventor of the telephone. On this program, Seth Shulman discussed the controversy and history of the telephone.
Keywords: science; telephone; elisha gray; alexander graham bell
|Gorilla Behavior -- Groks Science Show 2008-02-20 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Gorillas are genetically very similar to humans, however our behavior seems widely divergent. But, we may have more in common with our primate relatives than one might suspect. On this program, Andrew Grant discussed lessons from gorilla behavior.
Keywords: science; neuroethology; animal behavior
|Synthetic Diamonds -- Groks Science Show 2008-08-06 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
While most diamonds in the world are mined from natural sources, technological advances are now making synthetic diamonds a viable alternative. On this program, Ulrich Boser discussed the world of synthetic diamonds.
Keywords: science; diamonds; carbon; synthesis
|Scientific Faith -- Groks Science Show 2007-10-31 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Science relies on empirical evidence to support its central theories and tenets, while religious belief relies on the faith of the believer. Can these two separate worldviews be reconciled? On this program, Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute discussed science and religious faith.
Keywords: science; religion; faith